Some Kind of Wonderful Synopsis
A grease monkey's tomboy friend helps him woo a popular girl in their Los Angeles high school.
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80

Variety

A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog.
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
It has a light touch, a disarming cast, a well-developed sense of humor and a lot of charm. [27 Feb 1987, p.C17]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is kid stuff, but such well acted, well made stuff that inside 15 minutes you're sitting there like a teenager yourself wondering...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A hand-me-down cast? Far from it. Masterson and Stoltz possess talent and charm to spare... Wonderful aspires to be little more than the...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is not about whether the hero will get the girl. It is about whether the hero should get the girl, and when was the last time you saw a...
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60

TV Guide

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Stoltz turns in a restrained, realistic performance, and Thompson is quite good in what could easily have become a thankless role. But far...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Yet the performances are just sturdy boats against the narrative current - the plot is altogether too calculated and wholly without...
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
It's Mary Stuart Masterson, bringing a depth and tenacity to her role that nowhere appears in the screenplay, who leaves the lasting...
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
It's just that the picture doesn't have a strong idea behind it, just a fog of many half-expressed ideas. [26 Feb 1987, p.20(E)]
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38

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
John Hughes pours his usual slickness and sentimentality all over everything. [27 Feb 1987]
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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today.
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